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CAROL STREAM, ILL. - (September 17, 2008) - Kobelco customer Giberson Construction was contracted to carry out site preparation work for new housing on the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey. The entity of the project and tight schedule required equipment capable of ensuring the highest levels of productivity and Giberson brought in four Kobelco excavators to do the job: an SK330, a short-radius SK235SR, a bladerunner ED195 and the star spangled SK485 model that was shown at the Kobelco booth at this year's ConExpo show, and was later purchased by Giberson Construction.

New housing is required to accommodate military personnel following recent reorganization plans, which will bring to Fort Dix staff and troops from all major U.S. military branches - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. The house-building project foresees tearing down existing facilities to make room for 1,600 new homes for the additional military personnel to be housed at the base.

The Kobelco SK485 and SK330 excavators, made in Calhoun, Ga., are making short work of all the jobs requiring large capacity and high precision, such as soil removal, leveling and pipe lining, while the short-radius SK235SR is carrying out the work that needs to be done in tight spaces.

"This build is a complex and large scale project, which will take three years to complete, so it is important to have all the site preparation work carried out efficiently and on time. Thanks to our Kobelco excavators, we are doing so well that we are three weeks ahead of schedule," said Larry Giberson, Vice President of Giberson Construction.

Kobelco Construction Machinery America, a joint venture company owned by CNH Global N.V. (NYSE: CNH) and Kobelco Construction Machinery USA Inc., manufactures and markets a full line of compact, mid-size and full-size excavators ranging from 1.9 to 88 tons. Kobelco engineering is dedicated to power and precision, and every Kobelco excavator is designed and manufactured by Kobelco America to exceed customer expectations. With over 250 distribution outlets in North America, Kobelco excavators are supported by a network of experienced dealers and field service representatives. For more information, please visit www.kobelcoamerica.com.